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May 19, 2003

Clerc Center Develops DPN Website for Teachers and Students

From: Gallaudet (press release) - May 19, 2003

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2003

Contact: Mike Kaika, Director of Media Relations

Phone: 202-651-5050


Clerc Center Develops DPN Website for Teachers and Students

Washington DC—The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center has developed a website specifically designed to help teachers and students explore the Deaf President Now movement that led to the selection of Dr. I. King Jordan as Gallaudet University’s first deaf president and has since been recognized as a Civil Rights breakthrough for deaf and hard of hearing people and the entire community of disabled people. The address for this website is

This new website was developed in response to the many requests for educational material about DPN from teachers and students around the world. This website contains detailed information about the events leading up to DPN. It has pictures and video clips for students to follow and a teachers’ guide with information and empowerment activities. Other interesting links are a DPN quiz, a DPN crossword puzzle, and soon, a DPN jeopardy game.

Cathryn Carroll, managing editor at the Clerc Center said, “We want students to explore and understand the event of DPN as a major success and empowering event in the history of deaf people. We hope that this new site has everything necessary for a classroom teacher to help students understand this important event.”

The website was developed by a team of people from the Clerc Center and Gallaudet’s Television and Media Production department. The team from the Clerc center consisted of Ken Kurlychek, webmaster, Rosemary Stifter, academic application specialist, Tim Worthylake, publication specialist, Catherine Valcourt-Pearce, production editor, and Oluyinka Williams, administrative secretary. Providing assistance from the Television and Media Production department were Jim Dellon, manager and Patrick Harris, media technician designer.

The site was developed at the suggestion of Dr. Jane Fernandes, provost at Gallaudet University and supported by Dr. Katherine Jankowski, dean of the Laurent Clerc Center and Dr. Margaret Hallau, director of National Outreach, Research, and Evaluation Network. Dr. Jankowski serves as site host and students can query her about empowerment and DPN.

This site is geared primarily for middle school students but it can be adapted for high school or elementary use as well. The site will continually be upgraded and eventually may have interviews with people directly involved with the DPN movement.

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